Benjamin Merkel

  Consultant / Researcher



Since 2021
TNG Technology Consulting GmbH

  • Architecture design and implementation of distributed microservices for data processing and persistence
  • Experience in cloud-based technologies (AWS), infrastructure as code, and modern programming languages
  • working for a large international concern
  • ~ 100 Mio requests per day, ~ 5 Mio customers

Scientific Research

2016 – 2021
Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, Garching

  • Design, assembly and characterisation of an ultrastable high-finesse optical resonator at cryogenic temperature
  • Cavity-enhanced spectroscopy of Erbium dopants with long optical coherence at telecom wavelength for use in long-distance quantum networks
  • Extension of spin coherence time by dynamical decoupling: theory + experiment

2012 – 2015
University of Duisburg-Essen

  • Student teaching assistant: lecturing on 'Maths for Physicists'
  • Student teaching assistant: grading exercises and exams on theoretical physics
  • Student research assistant: Programming the experiment control and writing analysis scripts for time-resolved optical spectroscopy


2021   PhD in Physics (summa cum laude) MPI of Quantum Optics, Garching Cavity-enhanced spin-photon interface at telecom wavelength (Erbium dopants for quantum networks)

2015   Master in Physics University of Duisburg-Essen Optical analysis of dynamical processes in single quantum dots

2013   Bachelor in Physics University of Duisburg-Essen High-resolution optical spectroscopy of semiconductor quantum dots

International Experience

2015 – 2016  Oxford University Academic Visitor Building an electronic circuit to stabilize a magnetic field by applying feedback and feedforward corrections

2014  Princeton University Visiting Student Research Collaborator​ Designing and characterising a broadband mid-infrared detector (Quantum Cascade Detector)

Awards / Stipends

PhD Award Munich Center for Quantum Science and Technology, 2022

Award Sparkasse Duisburg, 2014

Scholarship German National Academic Foundation, 2011 – 2016

Scholarship Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst, 2011 – 2015​

Research Interest / Publications



  • more than 20 years of orchestra experience
    (~15 different orchestras with more than 75 projects)
  • principal cellist in more than 10 orchestras
  • 10 different chamber ensembles

Private Physics and Maths Tutoring

  • more than 10 high school and 15 university students since 2017
  • e.g. physics for medical students
  • or thermodynamics, atomic physics, mechanics for engineering students

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